Latin America

Latin America
Wednesday, September 2nd 2009 - 13:23 UTC

Amnesty International calls for an end to the US embargo against Cuba

Irene Khan claims millions of Cubans are suffering the lack of vital medicines and medical equipment essential for their health

President Barack Obama should take the first step towards dismantling the US embargo against Cuba by not renewing sanctions against the island under the Trading with the Enemy Act, said Amnesty International in an official Tuesday release.

Wednesday, September 2nd 2009 - 13:16 UTC

Unemployment in Punta Arenas remains the lowest in Chile: 4.6%

The capital of Magallanes region is showing resilience to the global crisis

Magallanes in the extreme south of Chile remains as the region with the lowest unemployment in the country, 4.4% according to the latest release from the regional branch of the Statistics Office.

Wednesday, September 2nd 2009 - 13:03 UTC

The “morbid obsession” of Cuban censors to protect their perks

Jose Alejandro Rodriguez published the piece while censors were celebrating their day or is it a new healthy exercise of criticism?

An article published Sunday in the official Cuban daily Juventud Rebelde criticizes the “morbid obsession” and “paranoia” of some officials for censuring information and rejecting criticism by other officials in an attempt to maintain the image of the Castro ruled island or their own positions.

Wednesday, September 2nd 2009 - 13:00 UTC

Torturers of Pinochet era still on Chilean government payroll

Defence minister Francisco Vidal in the middle of a major scandal legacy of the Pinochet years

Chilean Defence Minister Fransisco Vidal confirmed Monday that the Military still employs people accused or convicted of human rights abuses under Chile’s military dictatorship (1973-1990). The state employees receive monthly salaries of up to 2,200 US dollars.

Tuesday, September 1st 2009 - 13:36 UTC

Chavez takes time to reply to Peruvian President García ironies

President García a gifted speaker with much irony and spice (Photo EFE)

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said that his country will continue exporting oil to the United States because it is in interest. In a statement published in the Lima daily El Comercio that “many people don’t know” that Venezuelan state oil giant PDVSA, through its Citgo subsidiary, has seven large refineries and more than 10.000 service stations on US soil.

Tuesday, September 1st 2009 - 12:28 UTC

Chile launches trucks’ scrappage plan to boost economy and fight pollution

The plan is geared to remove 500 trucks over 25 years old

The Chilean government will subsidize the purchase of more fuel-efficient trucks for citizens through a program set to start later this year. The program, called “Cambia tu Camión,” or “Change your Truck,” will offer a bonus of 4, 8 or 12 million pesos (7.200, 14.500 or 21.700 US dollars respectively), toward the purchase of a new, more fuel efficient car, with the trade-in of a truck over 25 years old.

Tuesday, September 1st 2009 - 00:25 UTC

Between 1.600 and 1.700 vessels cross the Magellan Strait annually

The Chilean navy operates in a vast area in the southern seas

An estimated 1.600 to 1.700 vessels cross the strategic Magellan Strait annually according to the Chilean Navy that last week celebrated the 161th anniversary of its patrolling task along the country’s coastline of almost 6.500 kilometres.

Monday, August 31st 2009 - 12:16 UTC

Falkland/Malvinas experience repeatedly recalled in Unasur summit

Ecuador’s Correa recalled US disavowal in 1982 of a regional assistance treaty

South American leaders “frank and crude” debate last week on the controversial agreement to deploy US forces in seven Colombian bases brought back memories and experiences of the Falkland Islands war between Argentina and Britain in 1982.

Monday, August 31st 2009 - 12:14 UTC

Listeriosis strikes Chile again, claims nine victims

This is the second outbreak in Chile since 2008; last year’s disease was tracked to contaminated cheese

Listeriosis, a food-borne bacterial disease, has claimed nine lives and infected 45 in Chile so far in 2009, health authorities confirmed this week. The disease, which stems from the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes, is often borne from contaminated water and foods and usually infects pregnant women, newborns, the elderly, and people with auto-immune diseases.

Monday, August 31st 2009 - 08:00 UTC

Third “expedition cruise” vessel for Australis from Punta Arenas

“Stella Australis” will carry 210 passengers along the Patagonia fiords

The Chilean cruise company Cruceros Australis which operates from Punta Arenas is having a third vessel built in Valdivia which should be operational for the 2010/2011 season, according to Branco Ivelic, manager of Cruise Operations.

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